The Jubilee Cane

A Kaleidoscopic Repeating Pattern in Polymer Clay
by Lisa Clarke

Publisher: Polka Dot Cottage

Publication Date: March 06, 2016

ISBN: 1230000979801

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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The Jubilee Cane takes three main colors and combines them with white, black, and each other to create a complex tapestry of color. Clever reduction and recombination of the original cylindrical cane component results in a rectangular piece, perfect for tiling into a large sheet of repeating kaleidoscopic pattern. If you are comfortable with the Skinner blend technique and can reduce and re-assemble millefiori canes, you can do this project.

Required Skills

The project is geared towards those with some experience in the millefiori technique.  If you have these skills:

  • Skinner Blend
  • Assembling Canes
  • Reducing Canes

then you can do this.

Tools and Materials

You will need one package each of three main colors. I used Premo! Sculpey in :

  • Denim
  • Wasabi
  • Burnt Sienna

Feel free to substitute your own favorite colors. Try to choose fairly vibrant colors, as all of the color-mixing we will be doing will tone them down somewhat.
You will also need a package of White and a package of Black.

  • Work surface, such as a marble tile, ceramic tile, or plexiglass.
  • Pasta machine
  • Clay blade
  • 3-inch square cutter (optional)

Topics Covered

  • Setting up the blends
  • Building the cylindrical cane component
  • Kaleidoscoping the cylinder
  • Making a rectangular repeatable pattern cane


  • Other color schemes
  • Ideas for using the Jubilee Cane
  • A list of resources to help you learn more